During the off season, the Raiders established a goal to win what many considered to be the strongest division in the National Football League; the AFC West. The task was lofty; to some it seemed unlikely. Kansas City has been a perennial threat and Denver was fresh off their championship season.
Word to your collective Mothers on this special Holiday Edition of TRF’s Playoff Pontificator!
With a 19-16 victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders have clinched their first playoff berth in 14 years. Take a breath.
Last week the Raiders six game winning streak came to an end in the bitter Kansas City cold. This week the next six game winning streak hopefully begins.
George W Bush was President. There was no Facebook or IPhones…
The Raiders wasted no time in adding a young cog to their blossoming young defense when free agency opened back in March of this year, agreeing to terms on a 4 year/$37-million-dollar deal with linebacker Bruce Irvin during the legal tampering period. For the second year in a row Reggie and company plucked another of Seattle’s Super Bowl winning trio of LB’s to head thirteen hours south and don the Silver & Black.
Soon after posting last weeks Playoff Pontificator, we had some blog controversy regarding my assessment that we had a 99% chance to make the playoffs at 10-2. Well, a week later, very little has changed on that front despite the team’s disappointing loss in KC. Given all the back and forth on the topic last week, I thought it would be good to spend some time explaining how I (and several similar online ‘playoff simulators’) work.
Avast ye maties!
We’re setting sail on another Pillaging Podcast. Come aboard as we breakdown the tragedy on TNF, look ahead to plundering the Chargers, and talk with Oakland Raiders superfan Dr. Death!
Growing up near the city of Champions is too hard to describe unless you were part of the magic. You see, I enjoyed playing all of the “REAL AMERICAN” sports: Football, Baseball and Basketball. In 1971 I was 7 years old and had already become an avid sports spectator as well. You had Al Davis (who I will talk about more later), Charlie Finley, and Franklin Mieuli. These three men were all different in their ways as the owners of my beloved teams.
It was 1990, and Tecmo Bowl had just come out for Nintendo. I was 10 at that time, and I was living in Lima, Peru, and somehow I had come across a copy of the game. Until then, the only thing I knew of football was that it was played with a weird shaped ball.